Just Stop Oil has said it was not responsible for orange confetti thrown at former Chancellor George Osborne’s wedding.
Mr Osborne was married in Bruton in the UK yesterday, when an elderly woman approached the newlywed couple leaving the church and threw orange confetti at them.
The woman was removed from the property and Just Stop Oil was criticised online for the “pathetic and quite tedious” disruption.
After posting a video of the wedding online, the climate activist group denied any involvement in the confetti thrown.
— Just Stop Oil (@JustStop_Oil) July 8, 2023
“As much as we applaud the use of orange confetti at this wedding, we were not responsible,” it said in a statement on Twitter.
“The lady who threw confetti in Bruton yesterday was upholding a tradition that is common across many cultures.
“If it was a form of protest — which is yet to be established — we applaud it and thank the person concerned. It was peaceful and not especially disruptive.”
The group criticised the media response assuming it was involved in the disruption.
“In 2023, it is simply criminal not to check your facts,” it said.
Just Stop Oil also said people should focus on climate-focused issues, such as a comment from the UN Secretary General “that ‘climate change is out of control’ as we’ve just seen the hottest average temperatures since records began”.
The group previously took responsibility for disruptions at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament.
Play on court 18 was halted after Just Stop Oil protesters invaded the grass and threw orange confetti.
There were similar disruptions earlier by two other activists who threw jigsaw pieces onto the court.
Three people from the environmental group were arrested.